However a sample from Waiahukini was interpreted as beginning around AD 750 which now formed the basis of a claimed first discovery.Testing continued at sites around Hawaii to find the earliest dates.There have been changing views about initial Polynesian discovery and settlement of Hawaii, beginning with Abraham Fornander in the late 19th century and continuing through early archaeological investigations of the mid-20th century.
This was especially the case for wood charcoal, perhaps the most commonly dated material from Polynesian sites.
In the early years of radiocarbon dating, the tendency was to select the largest pieces of charcoal.
Accordingly, the "earliest in the Society Islands A. ∼1025–1120, dispersal continued in one major pulse to all remaining islands A. ∼1190–1290." Using plant fossils, charcoal deposit particulates and organic samples and high-precision radiocarbon dating there has been evidence of influences from humans sometimes determined to be around 1000 AD in Kaua'i.
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Further because coastal sites were common, there was also the likelihood of older drift wood was used for fuel with age already built in.
Accordingly, in the early 1990s scientists began a taxonomic identification of wood charcoal based on anatomical characteristics by comparison to a reference collection of known woody plant species for the particular region or island which allowed scientists to refine their samples for testing further.
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Unfortunately, not all archaeologists working Polynesia had availed themselves of these advances casting doubt in the field of study for a time.
Regardless a chronological picture for eastern Polynesia using AMD radiocarbon methods in the 1980s on identified samples started to lend considerable support to the "short chronology" of settlement, whereby the central archipelagoes of Eastern Polynesia did not begin to be colonized until after AD 800 or later.
With the invention of radiocarbon dating archaeologists immediately scoured the islands in search of the earliest possible samples.